Dynamic protein pathway activation mapping of adipose-derived stem cell differentiation implicates novel regulators of adipocyte differentiation

Bridget Wilson*, Lance A. Liotta, Emanuel Petricoin

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Next to embryonic stem cell research, adult stem cell research is providing a promising alternative for enhanced tissue regeneration and transplantation. The key biochemical networks controlling the differentiation processes regulating stem cell biology remain largely disputed and or undefined, contributing to a lack of knowledge of the principle phosphoregulatory events propagating signal transduction. To effectively monitor these events relative to adipocyte differentiation, this study utilized a high throughput reverse phase protein microarray platform and characterized adult adipose-derived stem cell (ASC) differentiation through the monitoring of ̃100 phosphospecific endpoints with 33 distinct time points examined across 14 days. This kinetic-based analysis showed time ordered signal transduction ultimately implicating pathways correlated with adipogenic differentiation. To further validate the causal significance of these network activations, pharmacological targeting was implemented to include the chemical inhibitors MAPK inhibitor PD169316, rapamycin, and HNMPA-(AM)3 yielding partial or complete disruption of adipocytic differentiation, as noted by a decrease or lack of lipid formation within the mature adipocytes. Based on this analysis, v-crk sarcoma virus CT10 oncogene homolog (CRKII) and c-abl oncogene 1, non-receptor tyrosine kinase (c-ABL) were implicated as novel key regulators of adipocyte differentiation, with v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene (AKT), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and SMAD family member (SMAD) pathways being implicated as secondary regulators. This dynamic molecular profiling provides a novel insight into the signaling architecture of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and may be useful in the development of therapeutic modulators for clinical applications; in addition to advancing the collective understanding of key cellular processes, ultimately contributing to more confident stem cell manipulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2522-2535
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular and Cellular Proteomics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


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